Trampolines are an exciting present for kids, and a good way for kids to get some exercise and burn off energy. Most parents consider trampolines to be relatively safe, especially when they have a net barrier making sure the jumpers don’t fly off. Unfortunately, trampolines can present a serious risk of injury for kids. A 13-year-old in Pennsylvania suffered a stroke and paralysis after a trampoline accident.
Pennsylvania Child Suffers Neck Injury in Trampoline Tumble
Mary Moloney was a 13-year-old who enjoyed jumping on her trampoline. On August 30, 2020, she was practicing doing flips on the trampoline. When she went to do her next flip, she landed awkwardly on her head and neck. She went inside her house and sat down to relax. However, she felt a lingering pain and went for a warm bath to get some relief. Instead, she had a difficult time getting out of the bath and the pain felt worse.
After a few minutes, she called for her parents and she was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, she began to vomit and was no longer able to sit up. A CT scan and MRI initially showed nothing abnormal. She was treated with steroids and a couple days later she underwent more scans which showed a spinal stroke.
Mary spent almost a week in intensive care at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her injuries made her paralyzed from the mid-chest down. She is determined to walk again but it may be a long road to recovery.
Mary’s mother has spoken out to warn other parents about the dangers of trampolines. “I don’t want to finger point or blame anybody, certainly not Mary or anybody else, but I would never advocate anyone use the trampoline,” Mary’s mother said.
Trampoline Accident Statistics
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, almost 120,000 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with trampolines. Most trampoline injuries occur with children, ages 6 to 14. Common ER injuries involve:
- Trampoline jumpers colliding with another;
- Falling on the trampoline springs or frame;
- Falling or jumping off the trampoline; or
- Doing tricks, tumbles, or stunts.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommend the following guidelines for trampoline owners and parents to supervise trampoline use:
- Provide adult supervision to ensure proper safety measures
- Do not allow children under the age of 6 to use a trampoline
- Only one person at a time on the trampoline
- Do not allow somersaults, flips, or other high-risk tricks without supervision and instruction or without protective equipment
- Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent children from using them without supervision
Trampoline Accident Attorneys
Trampoline manufacturers understand the risks associated with using their products. Unfortunately for consumers, they fail to warn users about the dangers of their products. If your child was injured while using a trampoline, the law firm of Gilman & Bedigian may be able to help. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with trampoline accident claims in Philadelphia, DC, and Baltimore. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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